Civility was the last thing on Trump critics’ minds Thursday night after a rally where the president brought back his “Pocahontas” insult for Sen. Elizabeth Warren and made fun of the #MeToo movement.
During a speech in Montana, Trump started insulting several political opponents, including the Massachusetts senator, saying he wants to give her a DNA test. “I’m going to get one of those little DNA kits and if I’m debating her, we will toss it to her, very gently so it doesn’t injure her arm,” said Trump. “And we’ll say, ‘Pocahontas, I’ll give you a million dollars if you take the test to show you’re an Indian!'”
Trump continued with joke at the expense of #MeToo: “We will take that little kit, but we have to do it gently because we’re in the “Me Too” generation so I have to be very gentle. We will slowly toss it, hoping it doesn’t hit her and injure her arm.”
Trump also said congresswoman Maxine Waters has an IQ in the “mid-60s,” and said that Sen. Jon Tester’s criticisms of White House doctor Ronny Jackson were “shameful, dishonest attacks.” Trump is in Montana campaigning for Democrat Tester’s Republican opponent.
See a clip of some of the remarks below:
Trump says he'll confront Elizabeth Warren at a Presidential debate but "gently" because "we're in the me too generation." pic.twitter.com/JRKJOWcY4I
— Josh Marshall (@joshtpm) July 6, 2018
Warren responded by turning attention to undocumented children separated at the U.S.-Mexico border from their parents.
Hey, @realDonaldTrump: While you obsess over my genes, your Admin is conducting DNA tests on little kids because you ripped them from their mamas & you are too incompetent to reunite them in time to meet a court order. Maybe you should focus on fixing the lives you're destroying.
— Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) July 5, 2018
Others on social media were also unimpressed.
Are the Civility Defenders™️ on this? https://t.co/NdkV99j5o9
— andrew kaczynski???? (@KFILE) July 6, 2018
so glad chuck schumer and nancy pelosi said stern words about civility … to waters https://t.co/z8sFBclCk0
— Talia Lavin (@chick_in_kiev) July 5, 2018
How about no one lectures me about civility ever the fuck again. https://t.co/NtaKZkfHYk
— Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) July 6, 2018
— W. Kamau Bell (@wkamaubell) July 6, 2018
— Brian Stelter (@brianstelter) July 6, 2018
Trump, in Montana, challenges Elizabeth Warren to prove her Native American heritage. I challenge President Cray Cray to provide a dna sample to prove his human heritage.
— Steve Redmond (@sjredmond) July 5, 2018
So Trump now wants Warren to take a DNA test. The same guy who wanted Obama's papers. What a racist scumbag.
— Matt Murphy (@MattMurph24) July 6, 2018
Trump: show me Obama’s birth certificate!
Trump again: show me Warren’s DNA results!
Also Trump: no you can’t see my tax returns!!
— Jon Piron (@jonppiron) July 6, 2018
Warren should offer Trump a
syphilis test. https://t.co/gyY1AzQIYR
— John Aravosis (@aravosis) July 6, 2018
Warren, originally from Oklahoma, says that her mother’s family has Native American ancestry but maintains she never sought to benefit from it academically or professionally. Trump started calling her “Pocahontas” during the 2016 election campaign.